WNBC has won its first-ever Alfred I. duPont-Columbia University Award.
The NBC-owned New York station was awarded the honor for “The Epicenter of the Coronavirus Pandemic,” an extensive six-month collection of breaking news, features and memorial stories that captured the rapid evolution of the novel coronavirus from public health threat to full-blown health crisis in New York, New Jersey and Connecticut.
“Covering the evolution of the coronavirus outbreak was one of the toughest challenges our newsroom had ever faced,” said WNBC vp of news Amy Morris. “As our journalists came to work every day, they were personally coping with the effects of the virus on their families as well.”
In a press release, WNBC said “the awards committee specifically recognized the station for having ‘created a 360 view in real time of the coronavirus pandemic, with courageous and thorough reporting on the virus’s explosion in New York City.'”
This is the second major national honor awarded to WNBC in the past four months. It won a national Edward R. Murrow Award for top large market television newscast in October.